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Islamophobia At Its Best!

A ninth grader was arrested for bringing a home-made clock to school. Why? Because he is MUSLIM. His name is Ahmed Mohamed which apparently indicates that he belongs to no other religion but Islam. Now, If he was from a white origin, the picture probably would’ve been different. He would possibly win much applause by his teachers and classmates or at the least a pat in the back.  In this case, 14 year old Mohammed brought a home-made clock to show his engineering teacher at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas. The teacher asked him to put itRead More

My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun

Sonnet 130: My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun; Coral is far more red than her lips' red; If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun; If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head. I have seen roses damasked, red and white, But no such roses see I in her cheeks; And in some perfumes is there more delight Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks. I love to hear her speak, yet well IRead More

A Social Media Love Story

When I first saw your pic It gave me a kick. I wanted to leave a comment But didn’t wanna ruin the moment. Your notifications Loaded my heart with fascination. Then you inboxed me one day I wasn’t sure what to say. We were both kinda shy But didn’t let the conversation die. The sound of your voice made me rejoice Your jokes made me laugh Your sighs made me cry And before I can tell, I was in love. It was all too good to be true I never thought I’d find you!Read More

My Take On Life

Life—is a lengthy battle Filled with hardships and struggle A never ending trouble That is unbearable When it’s out of control We shout, we pray, we cry, Or we just hold it inside But we are all so strong We know how to fight That’s why we always find escape from life.  

The New Jim Crow: Chapter 4 Analysis

A brief flashback of the Jim Crow Era: “Jim Crow” was a ridiculing phrase for a black man. It was a system that enforced segregation and discriminatory laws, prohibiting blacks from being equivalent to whites. Such rules were influenced by the ideas of White Supremacy. The U.S. Supreme Court actually helped maintain these laws. “Today a criminal freed from prison has scarcely more rights, and arguably less respect, than a freed slave or a black person living ‘free’ in Mississippi at the height of Jim Crow.” -Michelle Alexander During Jim Crow,Read More

Let It Rain

Oh how I've missed you, Rain It's so good to see you again, Let's get together And just dance away the pain The melody of your raindrops, Falling on my rooftops, Slowly healing my heart, Rinsing away the guilt and fears That I have sealed inside for years. Oh how I've missed you, Rain You know how to wash away my pain. When your heavenly drops fall on my face Wipes away my troubles with grace. You may think I'm insane To love you so dearly But you only visit me yearly My feelings for you is hard to explain You are aRead More

Child Brides in Tanzania

Tanzania is a country located in East Africa where child marriages often take place. According to Human Rights Watch, girls at very young age ranging from 7 years to 16 years are forced to marry elder men. In return, girls' families receives dowry (lots of cows) for getting their daughters married. The early marriages have set their lives in jeopardy, exposing these girls to verbal and physical abuse, spousal rape and female genital mutilation. Many were forced to go through gender mutilation prior to their marriages. Girls who refused to marry were verbally abusedRead More

Summarizing “Golden Gulag”

Golden Gulag, written by Ruth Wilson Gilmore, analyzes the rapid growth of California’s prison system. It tries to unveil the reasons behind the Prison boom in California. Between 1852 and 1964, the state only contained 12 prisons. By 1984, the state had built 43 more correctional centers, making it the largest prison building system in the world. One might make the assumption that the rapid growth of the prison building system was due to an increase in crime. However, Gilmore argues that the crime rate was decreasing before the prisons were built. So what was theRead More

Interesting Facts of NYC

1. Madison Square Park, Washington Square Park, Union Square Park, and Bryant Park used to be cemeteries. 2. There are 20,000 bodies buried in Washington Square Park alone. 3. Hong Kong is the only city in the world with more completed skyscrapers than New York City. 4. Unlike most major subways systems around the world, the New York Subway runs 24 hours a day. 5. You can visit most New York City’s museums for free. 6. It is perfectly legal for women to walk around topless in New York City (since 1992).Read More

Glass Ceiling Discrimination

The term “Glass Ceiling” was first discovered by the Wall Street Journal in March 1986. The Oxford Dictionary defines it as an unofficially acknowledged barrier to advancement in a profession, especially affecting women and members of minorities. Basically, the glass ceiling is a visible barrier that prevents women from getting promotions or going into a higher position at work. This barrier cannot be seen but could be felt when a person reaches at that point of a career. Hundreds of women and minorities that have the capability and experience are continuously being rejected from the managementRead More